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how far inland? >> communities along the coast they've done some calculations the wave could be as high as 80 feet. it will be very powerful. even cities like seattle, that are way inland are not exempt. there's a strait, and they've got a model showing the waves could come in that strait. >> sean: we have to run, that's all the time we have left. greta is next, see you tomorrow night. >> greta: -- >> greta: this is a fox news alert. third explosion at nuclear reactor number 2 happening a short while ago. causing japan to have new grave fears of a radiation leak. this nightmare just got worse. shepard smith is live in
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japan. latest from him in minutes. right now, more than 2,000 confirmed dead. waves of bodies washing ashore. that is only the beginning. the number of dead is expected to hit 10,000 or more. millions tonight have no food, no water and no heat in near freezing temperatures. they are homeless and cramming into shelters. this hell on earth started with the quake, then the monster tsunami wiping out villages. the only thing left to one village is their website. everything else, including its people, washed away. new haunting video from the airport. >> greta: you can hear the panic as the walls of water
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rolling taking everything in its wake, structures, cars even the people. at this hour, it is 11 a.m. in japan tomorrow morning where the japanese are raising the clock to prevent a nuclear meltdown. shepard smith joins us live from tokyo. >> shepard: good morning from tokyo. we are waiting to hear from the prime minister. this new explosion happened about five hours ago. just after 6 a.m. local time here in japan. they had been trying to keep water over these nuclear fuel rods. you have to keep water over them to keep them cool. the first facility broke down with the tsunami, the back-up system broke down. they were forcing seawater over these nuclear fuel rods. that process became impossible 2 1/2 meters of the fuel rod became exposed. that released a lot of heat. that produced steam. that steam was released.
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now the question is whether this outer core of the reactor has been breached? that we don't know the answer to yet. we are waiting to hear from the japanese officials. right now we believe this new radiation is inside and contained in the core of this thing. the power company which runs it, tokyo electrical company has evacuated some of its employees, leaving 50 behind to monitor the situation. the government was leading us to believe there had been no breach of this outer core. there are suggestions there may be a radiation leak if there is any good news the winds are to the north and northeast which takes the potential fall out from radiation oversea not land. not to say they don't have enormous problems. homes are leveled, people still remain buried, according to the authorities. the ability to get water, food
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and fuel in is severely hampered. hundreds of thousands have been living without shelter over the past four days. they are trying to get food and water to them. doing so is proving more difficult by the day. we are expecting rain to begin this afternoon. sometime after 5 a.m. tuesday morning, east coast time -- after 1 a.m. tuesday morning, east coast time in the united states expecting rain for a day and day and a half that good news, -- bad news for the hundreds of thousands said to be living in shelters who don't have potable water, don't have hot food and don't have a sleeping bag to keep warm. what is now bad does not look good for the near future unless they figure out a way to get those supplies in. >> greta: shep any reason to be suspicious of the information coming from the authorities on the situation involving that number 2, the most reason explosion and what is happening? if they have already evacuated everybody but 50 that is not a
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good sign. i haven't seen any positive signs. any reason to believe they are not sugarcoating this? >> shepard: i don't have a personal reason to believe they are not. just the lack of official information as time goes by. as the sun rose we know this happened around 6:15 at -- this explosion at the plan. they made it official an hour and 45 minutes later. the official line is everything is fine, we have everything contained, no reason to be concerned. then we a report an hour ago, 30 miles south there was elevated radiation levels. we got this report they weren't able to keep the water over the nuclear fuel rods. then now there are indications maybe they are having problems with that again. not to say they are not doing their best. whether we are getting all the information, i would venture
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to say we are not getting all of it. i'm not sure the degree to which they have it all under control. monitoring this sort of thing has proved to be difficult. the japanese made it clear that they never thought it was possible to breach in sort of thing with the tsunami. they thought they were the best prepared. best earthquake prepared, therefore tsunami prepared nation maybe on the entire globe. while tokyo is still very much standing almost no problems in the city except for transportation as a result of lack of electricity, aside from that to the north, they have enormous problems. not just out in the countryside, but it is a city of a million set up as second tap cal city as tokyo has expanded so much in reason years there were thoughts moving some of -- in recent years there. were thought thoughts of moving some of their capital, it is now reduced to almost nothing and people have very
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little. the information we get is spotty,"jóó whether it is being sugarcoated or not we will know in the days ahead. >> greta: what you probably don't know, we'll find out from adam housley shortly he has just been moved because of some element of alarm. i don't know if adam thinks that is more prudent or he was told to be evacuated. the fact that he was moved, and the fact they've had this new explosion and we see -- we are not getting anything that is particularly satisfying in terms we are going in the right direction. it seems a more dangerous direction rather than a safer direction. >> shepard: some of the problems with adam's location have to do with logistics. you have to have helpers, [ inaudible ] you have to have transportation you have enough to have fuel enough water, food. adam and his crew moving south. when we finish tonight
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[ inaudible ] we are going to load up a crew and take our satellite dish and our food and provisions and try to get up there to cover the story from that direction. the truth is you have to be able to survive on your own. the people in the north are very much in need many if we can take enough provisions for everyone there, we come we feel like the best we can do is cover the story to the best of our ability and let people know what is happening. that information is very hard to come by. we you are talking about a nuclear reactor there's not a media representative in the world is there to monitor. [ inaudible ] you have so many variables. with an economy that frankly is teetering. when the nikkei opened this morning it opened down 6%. many stores are closed due to energy concerns. there are so many what ifs that many in this country are
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concerned. >> greta: of course the media wants to get the story for the people. >> shepard: we have to be prepared. we had a meeting a moment ago. prepared to relieve the people in the north. about what has to be taken. we have to have passes from government to allow the vehicle -- [ inaudible ] have to have enough food and water to survive. enough fuel not just to get there, but we have to have enough fuel to get back. you get trapped in the middle, you back a problem for the people of japan. that's not what we want. we want to tell our story and get back home to our families like everyone else. in the meantime we are looking at the of a catastrophe like nothing japan has seen since world war ii, according to its prime minister. if the worst-case scenario happening i'm not predicting that it would, but if it did,
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we are looking at a humanitarian crisis like this part of the world hasn't seen in many decades. >> greta: shep, thank you. coming up, japan was ripped apart by this quake and tsunami. many many of the buildings are still standing. how is that possible? -- >> plus, fears of a nuclear meltdown intensify with another explosion a short time ago. would something of this magnitude happen in the united states? are we prepared for a possible nuclear crisis? hear from a nuclear expert in minutes. the motorola xoom tablet.
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>> greta: this massive quake has ripped japan apart. many of the country's structures are still standing. our next guest was in japan for a conference when the quake hit. he joins us on the phone the ceo of global risk. good morning sir, i should say. >> good morning. i'm in sendai. >> greta: what a coincidence you would be at a earthquake conference. where were you when the earthquake hit? i suppose you knew it was an earthquake immediately? >> i did. i was with my family. it stopped right after 2:50 p.m. friday afternoon. my first initial reaction is, okay it is a earthquake.
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the beauty of the detection system to stop the train to prevent any derailing. we were stuck on the train for two hours. we have to hike on the track for a little while to get to the nearest station. stuck there for the rest. >> greta: where are you now, sir? >> i'm in sendai, right next to send die port. -- in sendai port. to investigate the scope of the disaster and understand what went wrong and what went right and how the disaster reconstruction should be carried on. and how we can learn from this unbelieveable disaster. >> greta: why is it sir? is it possible to build
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earthquake-proof buildings? a lot of the buildings in tokyo are still standing. then some buildings, you i take a country like haiti that was flattened like a pancake. can you build earthquake-proof buildings? you can to the maximum -- [ inaudible ] here in sendai i would say -- [ inaudible ] there are a lot of us -- a lot of highrise buildings, i didn't see any major damage what . for the buildings here performed well in sendai and tokyo, of course. there's a lot of technology available. japan is definitely famous for that. so is the united states too by the way. the use of shock absorbing devices we call dampers or base isolation, essentially
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put the buildings on rollers. there are almost 2,000 buildings like that here in japan and several hundred in the united states. you can make the buildings or structures very sustainable. that is something we need to do to provide sustainable billings and eventually sustainable societies. >> greta: as we look at the pictures are wondering would this happen here in the u.s. we have nuclear power plants many in southern california where one of our biggest fears in terms of quakes. are our nuclear power plants, if you know, earthquake-proof? >> well, basically what is being used in japan and the united states are very similar.
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very similar technology. they are considered to be the best in the world. but again, you can see some ability. think the united states -- you can see some inability. we have similar -- in that, the oregon and washington and california northern california coastline has a similar type of effect and history tells us that similar or even bigger tsunami happened in history. >> greta: doctor, thank you, sir. >> sure, my pleasure. >> greta: a nuclear meltdown in japan. the united states, iaea workers and experts trying to cool down three nuclear reactors. while they scramble, ask yourself, could we be next? live report with a nuclear
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>> greta: -- >> greta: a spokesman in japan just announced radiation if a damaged plant is high enough in nearby areas to damage health. that of course is disappointing news and more disappointing bleak news as the nuclear crisis seems to be escalating. another explosion a short time ago at fukushima nuclear plant. engineers are working to prevent a huge nuclear accident. which raises the question, what about us? could a nuclear meltdown happen here? he's been involved in bidding the largest construction project in the united states. will, before i ask you about here in the united states, there's news officials say a fire is burning at number 4 nuclear reactor at fukushima number 1 power plan i'm not sure what that means. does that mean anything to you? should we be alarmed that now there is a fire burning? >> it is hard to say.
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my understanding was only three of the nuclear reactors were in operation. the three that you have been talking about most of this evening. >> greta: now to the united states. we just spoke to an expert who said we were talking about oregon, washington area. how save are our -- how safe are our nuclear plants in this country? >> clearly, an accident of this magnitude is going to cause and should cause some rethinking all around the world. i would say we need to do three things: first, we need to make sure the probabilities of the various risks that we identify are analyzed properly. in this case for example, one problem might have been that the risk of loss of primary cooling was assessed to below, because the odds of losing power, external power were relatively low that could be ameliorated by a back-up
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system. the problem is, any event that is large enough to threaten the primary system could cause a problem with the back-up. that is what has happened here. what looked like a combined probability that would be very low, was actually the same as a probability of any one event. so the first thing we need to do is analyze the situation properly. , we need to think more carefully -- second, we need to think more carefully about new ways to mitigate the risk. back-up systems that rely on different principles of operation than the primary systems. in this case pumps depended upon electricity to cool the reactor. it is possible to design cooling systems that might operate passively using gravity or other methods. third, i would urge that we not ignore the terrorism threat. this is -- this incident has underscored the consequences of loss of cooling at reactors,
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some 400 such reactors are in operation around the world. my guess is there are those who will try and take advantage of such a situation. >> greta: based on what we are hearing happening in japan, i realize you are not there. tell me, what is the worst-case scenario based on what we know tonight and work me backwards. i don't know how alarmed we should all be. >> well, the worst-case scenario would be breach of containment. that's only happened once in the world at the chernobyl plant. there was no containment vessel. there was a fire and explosion. and it spread graphite which moderated the reactor in a wide area, blew it up and the particles spread throughout europe and in some cases beyond. in this case, there is much better containment. so far the pressure vessel has held that's good news.
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>> greta: if it doesn't hold, was? >> it much depends on how it fails. if it were to fail. it could fail in a way that would crack it slightly and the release would be small and more easily contained. it seems, at this point any way, unlikely that we could see anywhere near the type of failure that occurred at chernobyl. again, there was an explosion and fire in the graphite, moderating the reactor. this reactor does not rely on such a moderating device. >> greta: do you have some comfort with the information coming out of japan you think it sounds reasonable or do you have questions and think they are holding back? >> i have no reason to believe they are holding back. i'm sure it is a situation where they have a great deal of uncertainty. i've heard announcements that seemed to indicate that uncertainty. >> greta: in terms of -- you say we have to look at our redundancy and what we do at our plants here.
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i guess we need to do that forth -- forth with. >> over the next year we should examine those things closely as well as the site of plants which may have been an issue. >> greta: thank you. straight ahead back to japan live. day four the powerful quake destroyed towns and villages and the tsunami swept away the rubble, sometimes taking people with it. the survivors are in trouble. no power, no food, no water. a critical situation is getting more critical by the minute. we have a live report from adam housley in japan. >> all hands on deck, japanese, our navy and now humanitarian o with great disaster experience are raising to help. reverend franklin graham is here to tell you what he and his organization is doing right now. it is a race against the clock. reverend graham goes on the record, straight ahead. [ male announcer ] if you've been to the hospital
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>> greta: right now it is 11:30 tuesday morning in japan. millions struggling to survive, no food, water, power and it is very cold. thousands of bodies are washing up along the coast. the death toll is climbing. now a threat of a nuclear meltdown. a spokesman in japan saying radiation is high you have in areas nearby to damage health. japan's prime minister is calling this 9.0 quake and subsequent tsunami the country's worst crisis since world war ii. adam housley joins us from japan. where are you and what is the latest there? >> reporter: we are halfway between those reactors and tokyo, 80 miles between tokyo between us and those reactors. behind me a scene you will see all over this part of country for sure. a line of cars down the road half mile or so people waiting in line at least an hour and a
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half to get gas. all they are allowed is five gallons this scene replayed across this region on the outskirts of the major destruction. you will fan it more sporadically here, 15 minutes away more serious. -- these lines seen at grocery stores. when you get inside the shelves are empty and there is little food. people have enough food at this point there is no panic. the stockpiling has begun. [ inaudible ] >> greta: we just lost adam housley streaming from japan. we him back, adam get. >> reporter: we are back. sorry about that. obviously the technology we are dealing with here, the situation -- to our north where that is happening. now we know the nuclear situation is more serious you can bet in situation, people lining up to get gas maybe
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trying to get out of the area is going to be that much more imperative. we expect the lines to get longer and the gas more scarce. >> greta: why did you move? were you in one position. i here there's an explosion at number 2 and you moved. is it related at all? >> reporter: yes, it is. you see the masks. we've been told there is where we are at now we are okay. there has been traceable detection. not enough to be a health concern. when you put this over your face it keeps it from going into your system, your nose, mouth and system. this is a precaution. we moved because i was 20 miles or so closer to the reactors than we are now. we want to get as far away as we can. we don't want to become part of the story. we want to make sure we are safe and secure and show what
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is taking place. we hadn't yet shown this type of line we've been talking the gas rationing. it goes along with the fact that communications are intermittent, electricity, food tough to find, a lot of restaurants aren't open. the infra in many areas even on the outskirts of the major destruction, roads are buckled in places, splits, one lane, trains sitting on tracks over a roadway, nobody inside, just sitting there, a train going nowhere. >> greta: any more aftershocks or is that over? >> reporter: no, we just had one when your show was starting. we were in our van and my photographer looked at me and guess did you feel that? the van took a shake again. we felt a couple large ones too.
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one yesterday that had us moving off of our area near the water. tsunami alert yesterday had us racing from the water. in our hotel early yesterday morning we felt the 6.2 that shook us pretty darn good. those aftershocks are consistent. you feel them several times throughout the day. >> greta: adam, thank you. first the buildings crumble upon people inside then roads broke in two and the tsunami came in and swept towns clean of life. there is more the economic crisis. japan the third largest economy in the world and our second biggest lender after china. home to some of the world's biggest automakers provides car parts toxv?ij our auto makes in detroit. many of japan's leading companies such as sony and toyota are closing some facilities. how many of of an impact could this have on the united states? neil irwin joins us. almost sounds selfish for us
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to be worried about our economic impact tonight in light of what they are facing. what is the short term, long term impact on us? >> very serious. we have a global economic recovery just been trying to find its sea legs. japan is the third largest economy in the world. just starting to show improvement. that improvement is now undermined and in question. we are seeing supply disruptions. auto makers in japan are shutting down lechuza caracas did screens, computer chip, -- lcd screens, computer chips will not be made. can this recovery continue without japan being part of it is the question. >> greta: what do most people think? >> we've seen the stock market drop a lot, 13% in three days. there's not great confidence that the japanese economy can bounce back from this even as they begin to reconstruction. >> greta: as you look at these
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pictures it looks so far away and so horrible what happened. and you forget often how interrelated all these markets are. even something like a car part or tv screen, tragedies that happen some place else has affect around the world. >> that's right. even we you buy a car that is built in the united states, it has lots of parts that came from japan and other asian nations. any kind of electronics, ipad, something like that. there's a lot of parts that come from all over the world. we might see disruptions as time passes. >> greta: i'll be curious to find out what happens with our debt. they are second largest holder of our debt behind china. then the u.k. is a distant third. i wonder if holding our debt will have any impact. whether they will pick up more debt if we raise our debt ceiling. >> there's a possibility they dip into their existing holdings of treasury bonds
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sell some off to pay for this reconstruction effort. japan makes our debt look manageable. 200% of their economy is the size of their debt. enormous relative to the size of that country. they might look into other ways to pay for their reconstruction. b)qr) holdings or treasury bonds that would have negative consequences for the united states. would raise our borrowing rates and harder for us to finance our debt. >> greta: what is the odds they do that? >> it is a real possibility, solid odds they consider that approach. >> greta: very important industries, cars, electronics, if they don't come out of it, the 90s were so lousy to them, it is important for us they come out of their economic crisis. >> that's right. it is a global economy. they've been a strong ally. they've had a 20 year economic stagnation. they just seem to be getting their sea legs and coming out
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of it. maybe we'll see -- >> greta: neil, thank you. this is a fox news alert. bus crash in new jersey leaves one person critically injured. there are unconfirmed reports that two are dead. the crash happened on the new jersey turnpike in east brunswick. 25 to third -- to 30 were onboard. this days after one bus killed 15 people. stay with fox news for the latest. >> coming up, emergency relief is on its way to japan. millions homeless no food, no water and no heat. spartan's purse' president reverend graham is here. >> later the navy is in the area helping japan. some sailors have been exposed to radiation. here from -- hear from one of the commanders out at sea, straight ahead.
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>> greta: there's much ahead but first to our new york newsroom. >> reporter: reports from libya tonight that rebels remain under heavy attack by qadhafi's warplanes. most of the bombing targeting a heavily populated city. now being held by the rebels. one resident said there are airstrikes every 20 minutes. yesterday qadhafi's forces pounded another rebel strong
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whole. the military is trying to regain control of eastern libya which wholes most of the nation's oil. >> officials close to the investigation of a deadly bus crash in new york said the driver should not had been behind the wheel. the the crash killed 15 headed from a connecticut casino. the driver was ticketed in '95 for speeding and twice for driving without a license. he served time for manslaughterer and grand larceny. we now return to on the record with greta. thanks for watching. -- >> greta: this is a fox news alert. it is getting worse. the japanese prime minister warning residents near the fukushima daiichi plant to stay inside or risk getting radiation sickness. a warning that radiation is spewing from damaged reactors. the secretary announced that a fourth reactor was on fire and more radiation was being
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released. warning anyone living within 19 miles from the fukushima daiichi complex to stay inside. spartan's purse is all over the world doing humanitarian relief work. -- now they are sending aid to japan. staff members are delivering supplies to the millions in japan. as you may remember we went to haiti with samaritan's purse last year after the 7.0 quake destroyed that country. president and ceo of samaritan's purse reverend franklin graham joins us on the phone. what is -- good evening. what is samaritan's purse doing for the people of japan. >> first my prayers to everybody in japan. i would encourage everybody who is watching to pray for these people suffering so much. spartan's purse the day after the quake we called our partners in japan. these are churches that i have worked with i was in osaka
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last object -- last october preaching. our chairman put us in contact with other church leaders and we sent money that day. $200,000 we asked them to begin to lease trucks, buy blankets, water. we've got permission now to enter the effective zone. samaritan's purse has a team helping the japanese churches respond. i think in a manner that will be appropriate to this situation. greta, it is a mess. our people on the ground say they haven't seen anything like this before. >> greta: reverend, i know samaritan's purse because i've traveled with you, all over the world it has hospitals and charity organizations. i've been to haiti with you. in haiti there is no infrastructure and so much of a challenge there. here in japan you have an infrastructure, government but you have nuclear power plants that are threatening people so it has a different challenge.
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>> it is a different challenge. the infrastructure has collapsed. what people don't understand is that miles inland bridges have collapsed or railroads. so it is very difficult to get materials into this area. it is going to take weeks for the government to be able to put some of the infrastructure back into the area. these people in trouble. we've got a 747 that we are sending over friday, with things they've asked for, water purification equipment. these are units similar to wausau in haiti that can -- similar to what you saw in haiti. one of the problems fresh drinking water. we are shipping that over there, airfreight as quick as we can. >> greta: interesting, i've learned, that you have the challenge of getting this materials into the country. sometimes you have customs issues. is japan like a country that is going to be easy to move
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things into from our country that country? >> it is. there is not going to be a problem. they are grateful for help. the government is asking for help. we are responding to the things that the government is asking for. >> greta: i've put up spartan's purse website on gretawire. i take it anyone who wants to send any amount of money to help buy blankets and food you will take that, right? >> you better believe it. time times like this even a small donation makes all the difference. you look at that rubble and wonder how many are clinging to life right now waiting and hoping somebody will discover them. that's why we need to pray for them. >> greta: reverend graham, thank you. >> thank you. >> greta: the uss ronald reagan is providing crisis assistance to japan. some frightening moments from some of the sailors.
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>> greta: japan needs help and it needs it right now. the uss blue ridge is heading to japan one of the 13 naval
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scenes just like that, communities being crushed to mere rubble z people sleeking with terror, way too common in these videos out of japan. there are fears of a nuclear melt down that is terrorizing japan. there is a fire burning in the number four nuclear reactor plant. the prime minister is warning residents within 12 miles, evacuate. and anyone within 19 miles, stay inside. this is after three explosions in three days, an earthquake in tsunami-ravaged japan. the prime minister says radiation has spread into levels seem, quote very high. the japanese are working and doing everything possible to extinguish the fire and contain radiation.
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[ sounds of water rushing ] adam, we've seen pictures of the water rushing over land but there are places where buildings collapsed. i assume there is a possibility people are live under buildings and there are efforts to find them? >> that is happening. there are people stranded in certain areas. there are two types of people stranded. ones that are trapped, some areas of course are areas where they're asking people to evacuate or stay inside because of the nuclear situation. other people may be stranded that survived that are trapped but have no ability, there is no infrastructure or way for
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them to get food, shelter, clothing or water, there are two types of people in dire need of help now. in this country. >> and i assume helicopters, if the infrastructure and roads are ruptured and you can't get through, are helicopters flying overhead into these areas trying to rescue people who may ab live? >> yeah. we see a few of them and know the u.s. military operation in the full swing today for the first time. there are our planes and helicopters taking off flying to an area significantly west of where the reactors are having issues. and it's being dropped off there. a lot of supplies were naval supplies. men and women at the naval base gathered stuff over the weekend and had it ready and weighed and wrapped. d

Greta Van Susteren
FOX News March 14, 2011 10:00pm-11:00pm EDT

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